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Critical acclaim for Pony World Theatre:

 

 Recipient of three 2011 "Footlight Awards" from The Seattle Times.

 

"A perfectly lovely example of how much a small theatre can accomplish when they think outside the box."

--Seattlest.com

 

"unexpected, inventive and deranged"

--The Seattle Times 

 

"This ensemble is clearly going places I would like theatre in Seattle to go"

--Capitol Hill Times

 

Mission:

Pony World Theater is an ensemble of artists who create playful and evocative performances that engage audiences in meaningful questions.  We combine striking visuals, elastic realities, and boundless imagination into uncommon narratives.

Name:

Our name, Pony World, references a point in the creative process when anything is still possible—when everyone can have their own pony.  By infusing our entire process with this spirit, the company strives to create theatre that delights as it reveals, excites as it transforms.

Charter:

  • The world as we currently know it needs to be broken. The right story at the right time can break it.  
  • Theatre is a unique art form. We tell stories that embrace the exceptional qualities of theatre and could only be presented on stage.
  • We are an ensemble inside and outside the rehearsal room. As a company we choose our programming and plan our future.
  • We embrace the importance of inclusive casting and representing a diversity of voices.
  • Our work will be economically accessible to everyone.
  • In the rehearsal room, each artist’s voice is important.
  • We explore an idea to its fullest potential and truest essence.
  • Our plays balance strong visuals and strong narratives.
  • We value poetry, theatricality, and imagination.

 The Company

 

Sann Hall: Artist Partner, Managing Partner

Sann Hall is an actor, designer, puppeteer, production manager, and general theatre collaborator.  Her collaboration with Pony World Theatre began with the company’s inception in 2009 when she was cast as Terra, Emerald’s mother, in Emerald and the Love Song of the Dead Fishermen.  Since then she has designed for the PWT productions Big Story Small (2010) and Suffering, Inc. (which earned her a 2011 Footlight Award from The Seattle Times), and A Compelling, Unknown Force for On The Boards’ 2013 NW Works Festival. In addition to the 2009 production of Emerald, Ms. Hall has performed with PWT in Big Story Small (2012) and The Final Tribunal into the Mysterious Death of Mister Senor Salvador Dali.  When not making theatre with PWT, Sann is the Production Coordinator at Seattle Repertory Theatre, an Event Manager for Animate Object Physical Theatre, and a House Manager at Broadway Performance Hall. Other artistic pursuits place her elbow deep in designing, building, and performing puppets, most recently with Annex Theatre and Vox Fabuli.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the British American Drama Academy of London. 

Brendan Healy: Managing Partner

Brendan Healy is a co-founder of Pony World Theatre and has worked on all the company's productions to date. His plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Minneapolis, California, and Connecticut.  His play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. received the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and his play The Way it Really, Truly, Almost Was is currently a finalist for the 2013 award.  Mr. Healy is currently a 2013 - 2015 member of Seattle Repertory Theatre's Writer's Group.  

 

Ricky Coates: Artist Partner, Grant Writer

Ricky Coates joined Pony World Theatre with Suffering, Inc. in 2011.  Since then he has worked on two other productions: Big Story Small (2012) and The Final Tribunal into the Mysterious Death of Mister Senor Salvador Dali. A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ricky Coates graduated the University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting/Directing and has spent the last ten years professionally bringing theatrical stories around the globe. Locally, Mr., Coates performed with theater simple (Camino Real, Snow Queen, Wonderland), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Hunter/Gatherers), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Persuasion), Sound Theatre Company (Troilus and Cressida, Tempest), Wooden O (As You Like It), LiveGirls! (Mud Angel, Quickies), ArtsWest (Beat the Sunset, La Bete), Harlequin (Psychopathia Sexualis), Greenstage (Henry V), and many more.  In addition to his work with local companies, Mr. Coates has created his one-man shows and touring shows that have been preformed around the country. 

 

Marty Dinn: Artist Partner

Marty Dinn became an official member of Pony World Theatre in 2013, but has worked with the Company’s founding artists since their pre-natal production of The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary-Ann of Topeka Kansas, which premiered at Annex Theatre.  Marty also performed in Big Story Small (2012), Suffering, Inc., and did his best to keep the performance space (and house) clean of splattered raw egg in The Final Tribunal into the Mysterious Death of Mister Señor Salvador Dalí.

Marty has contributed actively to Seattle’s theater and Burning Man communities since 2004. Over that time, he has performed and collaborated with UW Drama, Macha Monkey, Annex Theater, Nebunele Theater, Live Girls, Difibrulator, Babba Yagga Productions, and several others. Marty is also an Artistic Partner of San Francisco’s Performance Design Acronym. Previous to 2004, Marty performed and trained on stages in the Greater Boston area.

 

 

K. Brian Neel: Ensemble Member

K. Brian Neel comes to Pony World Theatre with more than twenty years of experience in professional theatre. While still a student at the University of New Mexico, Brian began working with a physical improvisation company, Kings' Elephant Theater. After working with them for a little over nine years, he moved to Seattle in 1989 where he completed his studies at the University of Washington in psychology. Since then he has performed and directed in numerous Seattle area theaters and toured throughout the U.S. for eight years with the Seattle Mime Theatre. In addition to directing and writing for numerous NW companies, he has created six solo theatre pieces, including a one man ukulele opera.  His work has been seen in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Edinburgh, and Australia. Brian resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters in a house that he largely designed and built himself . His first project with PWT was writing an adaptation of Dr. Faustus for the first version of Big Story Small in 2010. www.kbrianneel.com

Jesse Parce: Ensemble Member

Jesse Parce joined Pony World Theatre in 2013 after his performance with the company in A Compelling, Unknown Force, which premiered at On The Boards' Northwest New Works Festival.  In addition to his work with PWT, Mr. Parce is a member of The American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory, the Taproot Theatre Improv Team, and plays cello with L’Orchestre D’Incroyable.  Locally he has performed and directed with Seattle Symphony, Music of Remembrance, Emerald City Scene, Seattle Musical Theatre, Skagit Opera, Blood Ensemble, Village Theatre, and The Harlequin Hipsters.  He has also performed with Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado, and in the Spoleto Fesitval in Spoleto, Italy.  Mr. Parce is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama and the Accademia dell’Arte Full-Year Theatre Program.

Carter Rodriquez: Ensemble Member

 Carter Rodriquez is an actor, musician,  and visual artist. He first performed with Pony World Theatre in The Final Tribunal into Mysterious Death of Mister Senor Salvador Dali and joined the company in 2013. He is a founding and active member of the critically acclaimed absurdist trio, Le Frenchword and an original member of BASH Theatre.  In addition to these companies, Mr. Carter has also performed with Seattle Shakespeare Co., Wooden O,  Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theatre Schmeater, Capitol Hill Arts Center, 14/48, Café Nordo, Akropolis Performance Lab, The Freehold Engaged Theatre Tour, and many others. Film and TV credits include Singles,Police Beat, and Grimm. He has been a contributing writer for City Arts magazine. Carter is currently a teacher for Freehold Theatre’s Prison Theatre Residency Program at the Men’s Correctional Complex in Monroe, Washington and the Echo Glen Children’s Center.  He also works with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and is a two-time Freehold diversity scholar. Outside of theatre, he can be found in overalls with dirt under his nails creating custom gardens and landscapes in and around Seattle.

 

Emily Sershon: Ensemble Member

Emily Sershon has been designing sets, props, and special effects around the Seattle area since 2007. She first began working with the company in 2009, and has designed for the ensemble on three shows. In addition to being a member of Pony World Theatre, Emily is co-technical directing for Annex Theatre starting this year. She is a graduate of the University of Washington's Drama program and the Seattle Repertory Theatre's internship program for props. Previously she's designed for Annex Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Olympia Family Theatre, and Emerald City Scene. Some favorite prop creations for PWT include an underwater puppet tea set, a Death of a Salesman pop-up-book set within a trunk, and a human rib. A building engineer by day, Emily also enjoys Fixing Things as a daily practice.